‘Game of Thrones’ Star to Succeed Statham in ‘Transporter’ Reboot (EXCLUSIVE)

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Ed Skrein (“Game of Thrones”) is to succeed Jason Statham in the reboot of EuropaCorp’s “Transporter” franchise.

British thesp Skrein previously starred in Ben Drew’s critically acclaimed crime drama “Ill Manors.”

“We searched everywhere to find a fresh face who had the potential to become an action movie star and we’ve found the right match with Ed Skrein, who’s not only a great actor but also has enough charisma and physical stamina to play Frank Martin (the ‘Transporter’s’ leading role) with brio,” EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert told Variety.

Bill Collage and Adam Cooper, who previously collaborated on the Jonah Hill starrer “Accepted” and Brett Ratner’s “Tower Heist,” penned the script.

Although plot details are still kept under wraps, Lambert said the first installment of “Transporter” reboot will return to the French Riviera, site of the first pic. He said the writers have given more depth to the character of Frank Martin, whose job is to transport goods and ask no questions. For instance, the movie will explore Martin’s relationship with his father, whose role will be played by a prominent thesp.

The new “Transporter” trilogy is helmed by “Brick Mansion” director Camille Delamarre.

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is producing with Mark Gao’s Fundamental Films, which will release the movies in China. The two companies signed an output deal in July 2012.

Budgeted in the $30 million range, the next “Transporter” has been pre-bought by Universum and RTL for Germany, Belgium’s Belga Films, Golf for the Middle East, as well as Portugal’s Lusomundo. Gaul’s commercial net TF1 and pay TV Canal Plus have also picked up rights to the film.

Marie-Laure Montironi, topper of EuropaCorp’s international sales, said the company was discussing with a bevy of buyers and is still exploring options on a U.S. distribution deal.

The first and second “Transporter” pics, helmed by Louis Leterrier, grossed $43.9 million and $85.1 million worldwide, respectively, and were distributed in multiple territories by Fox. The third opus, directed by Olivier Megaton and handled by Lionsgate, grossed $108.9 million.

Production on the next “Transporter” will begin in June.

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  1. TStevens says:

    He is a suberb actor and this news is TERRIFIC!

  2. immortal says:

    this dude is going to SUUUUCK !!!! as the Transporter, he looks way too effeminate and has no martial arts background. They should have cast someone tougher looking with some real fighting credentials.

  3. pat says:

    the transporter a great franchise great harcore fight scenes great action scenes jason sthatam is great as franck martin the reboot must be even better more fights more action make it a blockbuster movie

  4. osiris3657 says:

    Headline misleading, this guy is not a star on Game of Thrones. He played Daario over 3 episodes in this past season. He was also replaced for the role in the upcoming season.

  5. Tibs says:

    What exactly are they rebooting? It’s not like the series had any deep storyline. In each movie he was hired to transport something and he did. Comedy ensued. That’s it. There wasn’t even an origin. He was The Transporter before the start of the first movie and he was still The Transporter at the end of the last movie. So I ask again: what exactly are the rebooting?

  6. adonai says:

    First of all, it’s not old enough to reboot…it should’ve been continued if anything. Statham made the series what it is, if he’s not in it, I’ll not bother.

  7. I like this guy, but by what hyperbolic stretch of the imagination is he a “star” of GAME OF THRONES? He had a minor role in the third season.

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